I am very very very pleased to announce that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning is now out in the world and ready for your affection. The purpose of the series is to “examine the effect of digital media tools on how people learn, network, communicate, and play, and how growing up with these tools may affect a person’s sense of self, how they express themselves, and their ability to learn, exercise judgment, and think systematically.” The series is published by MIT Press and contains six books:
- Civic Life Online (Ed. W. Lance Bennett)
- Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility (Eds. Miriam Metzger and Andrew Flanagin)
- Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected (Ed. Tara McPherson)
- The Ecology of Games (Ed. Katie Salen)
- Learning Race and Ethnicity (Ed. Anna Everett)
- Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (Ed. David Buckingham)
(Btw: I linked to the paperbacks. If you like hardcovers, go here.)
Each book has 8-10 peer-reviewed articles plus an intro and foreword. The articles are academic in nature, but written for a public audience and meant to be accessible and relevant to public discourse.
While I encourage everyone to purchase the books (they’re cheap!), individual articles are also available for download here thanks to MacArthur and MIT Press. My article “Why Youth Heart Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life” is part of the “Youth, Identity, and Digital Media” book. I’m super excited about this series and I hope you are too.
Also, for those who don’t know, MacArthur is doing unbelievable work in building a community for those invested in digital media and learning. To learn more, check out the website or the Spotlight blog. MIT Press is also launching The International Journal of Learning and Media to collect and publish research in this area.